In today’s post, I’m going to share with you what we think are the
best board games for teens!
We play a lot of board games in our house, especially these days when we’re home SO much!
When my kids were little, we started out with the basics, like Candyland and Chutes & Ladders. But of course, they quickly outgrew those options.
In recent years, my teens have graduated to more sophisticated games, and frankly, I couldn’t be happier about it.
Most of their world revolving around screens these days and the
effects of too much screen time of that aren’t always good.
It’s always great to have something for them to do that gets them away from their devices for a while.
We’ve found that the best board games for teens run the gamut from strategy to silliness.
Some of these games combine expert level skill with juvenile level jokes, which we’ve found to be a perfect mix!
We love playing these board games with our teens. Our teens love playing these board games with their friends.
And sometimes, albeit rarely, they’re cool with us playing the games with them AND their friends.
In addition to getting them away from screens, playing board games together as a family helps us stay connected.
It may seem like a small thing, but having a game night a couple times a month gets us all in the same room, talking to one another.
It’s these smaller experiences that we use to build a stronger relationship with our teens and keep our family close.
For this list we not only included our family favorite board games, we surveyed our friends and their kids to find out what teen board games they love to play!
Some of the are new favorites and some are classics, but they all are super popular with our teens!
I’m also including links to where you can purchase these games.
BONUS: This list includes some easy DIY games and some completely free games!!!! That’s a huge plus in my book!
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This non-traditional board game for teens has been the most played game in our house for at least the last six months.
Players are all assigned a secret role in the game.
Then players listen to a fantastically narrated series of prompts and complete actions that might mix up the other players.
After the narration is complete, players use logic and subterfuge to figure out who among them is the secret werewolf.
It may sound complicated, but once you get the hang of it, it's incredibly fun.
While this game does require that you download an app to play it, your teens will only be using the app for the cool audio portion of the game.
This game also has an abundance of expansion packs and other versions that enable lots of people to play at once!
Contrary to the rather gruesome name, this game is so addictive!
This hilariously creative card game is a must have for any family that includes teens.
This creative card game would be fun without the illustrations, just because of all the underhanded options to stick it to your opponents.
There are a bunch of expansion packs available so you can play this game with a lot of people or just two.
The makers of this game have several that rank on our list and they ALWAYS include a fantastic Youtube video with instructions.
It makes getting started SUPER easy!
This description from the makers of the game says it all:
"This game is 50% dodgeball, 50% card game, and 1000% incredible."
We'd add that this game is also non-stop fun.
From the same company that makes Exploding Kittens, this game also has a great Youtube instructional video.
Pro tip: Be sure to move the breakables before setting this game up!
Don't forget about the classics when looking for board games for teens!
My teenagers LOVE to play Clue, but this Master Detective edition takes Clue to a whole new level.
With more locations, more weapons, and more characters, you can now play this game with up to 10 people!
Another game from the makers of Throw Throw Burritos, so this game also has a hilarious instruction video on Youtube.
Described as "a card game for people who are bad a charades," players are really only trying to figure out the level of intensity of the action, not the action itself.
The results are always a laugh riot with this game.
Just about everybody knows how to play the basic Uno game.
But in this crazy version of the game, Uno gets cutthroat!
We've played this game in our house for over 20 years, and it's even more popular than ever with our teens.
All you need is a basic Uno deck and the printable instructions available for FREE through this link.
I feel like I've been playing this game my whole life.
I was first introduced to many, MANY moons ago when I was in 6th grade.
The crazy thing is, this game still holds up today!
Players must think of names for a predetermined list of items that all start with a certain letter before the timer goes off.
You get points for every unique answer you come up with.
The group judges if your answer is valid or not.
When in that time crunch, answers get creative and hysterical!
This is a game my teens frequently play with grandparents and other family members who might not be quite so into Werewolves or Exploding Kittens.
Another classic, this board game for teens is still high on our list of fun things to do!
The simple act of removing blocks and stacking them up again still elicits laughs from teens all the time.
You can also find super big, outdoor versions of this game that are great for parties!
Risk is still one of the best board games for teens!
We like to take it up a notch with this Star Wars themed edition!
The specialty themed pieces really enhance game play for your teen's inner Jedi.
Play as the light side or the dark side, then use your skills to battle for the fate of the universe.
We love Monopoly, but this Cheaters edition makes the game way more fun.
Teen can sneak in those underhanded tactics they've always wanted to use in the game.
It's super fun to play, but anyone who is a stickler for the rules might find this one a bit frustrating.
We still recommend it anyway.
This card swapping game features hilarious pictures of cat celebrities.
The manufacturer describes the game like this:
"Cat Chaos is a fast and frantic card game that is simple to pick up and difficult to put down! Claw your way to victory by collecting the most celebrity ‘cat suits’."
Funny and easy to play, only two people are required to get this game going.
The classic teen board game Dungeons and Dragons is still relevant today.
Recommended by a friend, this Dungeons and Dragons intro game is a great way to introduce your teens to the world of D&D.
If your teens like the concept of Dungeons and Dragon, but not the role playing, check out Munchkin!
From the makers of the game:
" Fast-playing and silly, Munchkin can reduce any roleplaying group to hysteria. And, while they're laughing, you can steal their stuff."
Really Bad Art is a definite winner on our best board games for teens list.
A twist on the classic drawing games, this version significantly limits the amount of time you have to draw, resulting in some really really hilarious results.
Catan has been extremely popular with teens for years.
From the makers of the game:
"Your adventurous settlers seek to tame the remote but rich isle of Catan. Start by revealing Catan’s many harbors and regions: Pastures, fields, mountains, hills, forests, and desert. The random mix creates a different board virtually every game."
This game is for serious players, but can still be hours of fun!
Even after all these years, Stratego still stands up as a solid board game for teens.
Stratego is a game where clever planning, skillful deception and excellent memory work are the keys to defeat your adversary.
This award winning board game for teens is sure to keep your kids occupied for hours.
This wildly popular game requires players to collect and play matching railway cards in order to connect cities throughout North America.
While our list features the original version, the game is available in all sorts of other iterations, featuring new methods of play and different locations.
We love Mancala in our house.
We love it so much that we keep a game board on the living room coffee table so we can pick up and play it any time we want.
We also figured out how to make your own game board with a few recycled objects.
Check out my full tutorial with free printable rules!
This strategy horror game comes VERY highly recommended to us by friends.
If your kids are into the dark and creepy, they'll love this build-your-own haunted house strategy game.
This simple, but incredibly fun game gives players just five seconds to name three things in a category.
Your teens will be surprised by how challenging it can be and will definitely learn to think on their feet with this one.
Another classic board game for teens that is still wildly popular.
This domino style rummy game is easy to learn and super fun to play.
This deceptively difficult matching game will challenge the brain of any teen!
The makers of the game describe it as a "family game of visual perception."
Playable solo or in large groups, this game is super fun for teens!
This new family classic is definitely a winner in the best board games for teens category.
Trying to make the funniest match usually wins out over the most logical match in our family.
You'll love playing this game with your teens!
We were first introduced to this gem of a board game for teens when we had dinner at a friends house.
My son almost shot water out of his nose, he was laughing so hard at this game.
It's basically a mix between Pictionary and Telephone, where players have to draw a topic, then the next play has to guess what it was a draw it again.
Things get out of hand quickly and hilariously with this game.
This game will definitely help you get to know your teens on a whole new level.
From the makers:
"When you play and answer our amazing questions truthfully, you’ll learn amazing things about the people you thought you knew best."
Definitely one we want to keep on the best board games for teens list!
(Make sure you buy the FAMILY EDITION of this one if you want to keep the game play rated G)
Another classic that still hits the spot on our list of best board games for teens!
Players must get their team to guess a word without using the "forbidden words" to describe it.
It gets really funny when you have to get people to guess words like "selfie" without saying the words stick, photo, phone, face, or portrait.
Definitely worth playing with your teens!
This game comes highly recommended to us, although we've yet to try it for ourselves.
Players must use the cards to start a story and answer questions about the story they are telling.
The other players can use cards to force the storyteller to incorporate new elements and items into their story.
We hear it gets very silly very quickly! This one is definitely worth a go with teens!
Loaded Questions is a perfect addition to our list, combining a popular game format with a "get to know you" aspect.
This game is quite similar to Apples to Apples, except you provide your own answers, and use a game board to keep track of who's ahead!
Teens will love coming up with their own responses to these stellar questions.
Quelf is just as fun as the crazy name would imply.
Players must "obey the cards" or they won't progress in the game.
It's basically just the Dare half of Truth or Dare if all the dares are ridiculously goofy. Teens love it!
This one is definitely a "best board game for teens."
A little more obscure than some of our other games on the best board games for teens list, Bring Your Own Book combines the best elements from some of our favorite things: games and books!
According to the makers of the game:
"Each player receives a book at the beginning of the game. Then a category will be read out, for example "something that deserves applause" or "excuse for a delay".
Now all players simultaneously search for a text in their book that matches this category.
One of the players then decides on the best contribution. Whoever can win enough rounds first is the biggest bookworm and wins the game!"
Depending on what book you decide to use and your familiarity with it, this game can get crazy!
This strategy game is great for all ages!
It only takes minutes to learn by can easily provide hours of fun.
Part puzzle, part strategy game, players must protect their territory by placing as many pieces on the board as possible, all while blocking your opponents moves.
Our final addition to the "Best Board Games For Teens" list isn't actually a game. It's a BUNCH of games!
Years ago, a company called Cheapass Games made great, inexpensive board games "borrowed" physical elements from other games.
They always came with a set of rules and sometimes a paper game board, and simply required you to grab a few things from your other board games to play (i.e. dice, a timer, play money, etc.)
They were wildly imaginative and very fun.
Lucky for us, many of these original board games are now available for FREE for you to print and play at home.
May I suggest you download Kill Doctor Lucky or Unexploded Cow?
Cheapass Games is a great resource for fun, ingenius games that won't cost you a dime!
Best Board Games for Teens